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Stirling Square Capital Partners acquires Mettis

February 2016

  • Mettis is a leading international manufacturer of precision forged and machined components used in performance-critical aerospace engines and structural applications
  • The transaction marks the pan-European private equity investor's fourth investment from its Third Fund, which recently held its final closing at the hard cap of €600m

 

23 February 2016, London - Stirling Square Capital Partners ("Stirling Square"), a leading pan-European mid-market private equity firm, today announces the acquisition of Mettis Aerospace Ltd ("Mettis"), an international manufacturer of precision forged and machined components for the aerospace sector. The business was acquired from Saints Chamonix for an undisclosed value.

Mettis offers a fully integrated platform from initial design and development through to forging (with presses ranging from 500 tonnes to 12,000 tonnes), machining, finishing and testing. Mettis has significant technical expertise and know-how in forged alloy components, of increasing importance in the aerospace sector given the emphasis on high strength and lightweight.

Founded over 75 years ago, Mettis now has an established global customer base in the aerospace sector and, in particular, significant relationships with Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Boeing. Mettis operates from a single 1,215,000 sq.ft. purpose-built facility in Redditch, UK and has approximately 500 employees. Gordon Fraser, Mettis CEO, heads an experienced senior management team who, with the support of Stirling Square, will pursue further organic and acquisition growth opportunities for the company.

Julien Horreard of Stirling Square commented, "We are delighted to be supporting this ambitious management team in the future development of one of the UK's leading manufacturers of forged safety-critical components for the aerospace industry. Aerospace is a sector known well to Stirling Square, and together with the management team, we are committed to implementing an ambitious growth plan for Mettis, including further sector consolidation."

Gordon Fraser added: "We have found a like-minded and committed team at Stirling Square to work with going forward. Mettis will benefit from their support, including their sector knowledge and pan-European outlook, as we implement the next stage of our growth plans."

 

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Notes to Editors

About Stirling Square Capital Partners

Stirling Square Capital Partners was established in 2002 and is a pan-European private equity firm which invests in mid-market companies with enterprise values of between €50m and €500m. The firm manages three funds and a number of co-investment positions, totaling over €1bn of assets under management.

www.stirlingsquare.com

About Mettis Aerospace Limited

Mettis Aerospace is a leading global service provider of precision-forged and machined components in titanium, aluminium and special steels.

www.mettis-aerospace.com

For media enquiries please contact:

Fergus Wheeler at FTI Consulting +44 20 3727 1522 fergus.wheeler@fticonsulting.com

Ellie Fixter at FTI Consulting +44 20 3727 1170 ellie.fixter@fticonsulting.com

Robert Swift at Stirling Square Capital Partners +44 207 808 4157 rs@stirlingsquare.com

Gordon Fraser at Mettis Aerospace +44 1527 406 458 gordon.fraser@mettis-aerospace.com